Mocomi Kids http://mocomi.com Inspiring Curiosity! Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:08:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.13 Oxygen Cycle Steps http://mocomi.com/the-oxygen-cycle/ http://mocomi.com/the-oxygen-cycle/#comments Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:10:39 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=86941 You know that oxygen is a must for life. Oxygen gas makes up about 30% of the earth and about 21% of the air in the earth’s atmosphere. It is also the most common element of the human body. It makes up about 65% of the mass of the human body. What is the oxygen […]

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Oxygen Cycle Steps

You know that oxygen is a must for life. Oxygen gas makes up about 30% of the earth and about 21% of the air in the earth’s atmosphere. It is also the most common element of the human body. It makes up about 65% of the mass of the human body.

What is the oxygen cycle?

Oxygen is constantly used and created by different processes on planet Earth. All these processes together make up the oxygen cycle. The oxygen cycle is thus a biogeochemical cycle that describes the movement of oxygen within the earth’s three main reservoirs – the lithosphere (land), the hydrosphere (water), and the atmosphere (air), which make up the earth’s biosphere.

We now know that the oxygen cycle is a process by which oxygen is generated and used. What are these processes?

Oxygen is Produced by :

1. Plants – Plants produce oxygen via photosynthesis.
2. Sunlight – Some oxygen is produced when sunlight reacts with water vapour in the atmosphere.

Oxygen is used up in :

  • Respiration – All organisms use oxygen for respiration.
  • Decomposing – When plants and animals die, they decompose. This process uses up oxygen and releases carbon di oxide into the air.
  • Rusting – Also called oxidation, this process causes metals to rust. Also a process which uses up oxygen.
  • Combustion – The process by which fire is generated also requires oxygen, along with heat and fuel. This process also uses up oxygen and releases carbon di oxide into the atmosphere.

How the Oxygen Cycle takes place

It starts, of course, with plants and photosynthesis.

1. Photosynthesis :–

  • During the day, plants take energy from the sun, carbon di oxide from the air, and water from the soil to make their food. Their food is simple – glucose. This process is called photosynthesis. Oxygen is released into the air as a by-product of photosynthesis.
  • During the night, plants take in oxygen and release carbon di oxide, to maintain their metabolism. Which is why it is not a good idea to sleep under trees at night.

2. Respiration :–

  • The oxygen that is released by plants is used by humans, animals, and other organisms for respiration, i.e. breathing. We use oxygen to break down simple sugars and generate energy to sustain ourselves. During respiration, organisms take in oxygen and release carbon di oxide into the air.

3. Repeat :–

  • This carbon di oxide is again, taken up by plants, for photosynthesis.
  • Thus, we see that our life force is generated chiefly by plants. Which is why it is super important to preserve plant life on earth.

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Redolent http://mocomi.com/redolent/ http://mocomi.com/redolent/#comments Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:03:02 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94810 What does “Redolent” mean? Redolent is an English word which is used as an adjective and is derived from the Latin verb olēre, meaning “to smell”. It is used in the context of a fragrance which connects one to an emotional memory. It is also used to describe a place or a person exuding an […]

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Redolent

What does “Redolent” mean?

Redolent is an English word which is used as an adjective and is derived from the Latin verb olēre, meaning “to smell”. It is used in the context of a fragrance which connects one to an emotional memory. It is also used to describe a place or a person exuding an odor or a scent.

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Energy efficient light bulbs for better living! http://mocomi.com/energy-efficient-light-bulbs-for-better-living/ http://mocomi.com/energy-efficient-light-bulbs-for-better-living/#comments Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:36:56 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94784 Despite all technological advances the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries continue to grow and will continue to almost 35 percent by the year 2020. Commercial and residential energy use is the second most rapidly growing area of global energy; not far behind transport. Households consume 29 percent of global energy thus resulting […]

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Energy efficient light bulbs for better living!

Despite all technological advances the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries continue to grow and will continue to almost 35 percent by the year 2020. Commercial and residential energy use is the second most rapidly growing area of global energy; not far behind transport. Households consume 29 percent of global energy thus resulting in 21 percent of all CO2 emissions.

Why are energy efficient light bulbs better?

If people worldwide switched to energy efficient light bulbs the world would save US$120 billion annually. Energy efficient bulbs use 25 to 80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent, thus saving lot of money as well as energy. They also last at least 25 times longer. Less cost and better durability would help save a lot of money and thus improve standard of living. The wasted heat generated by incandescent bulbs can increase your home cooling cost and will require you to pay more for lighting your house of office. Changing to energy efficient bulbs can add up to sustainable savings every year in addition to helping the environment.

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Why do we like something? http://mocomi.com/why-do-we-like-something/ http://mocomi.com/why-do-we-like-something/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:08:18 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94775 What you like and what you don’t like? We like something because we get a certain amount of pleasure and happiness from it. We like something based on how we see, hear or feel it and what we believe that thing to be If you see shrimp as a slimy yucky sea creature, you won’t […]

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Why do we like something?

What you like and what you don’t like?

  • We like something because we get a certain amount of pleasure and happiness from it.
  • We like something based on how we see, hear or feel it and what we believe that thing to be
  • If you see shrimp as a slimy yucky sea creature, you won’t like to eat it.
  • But if you see shrimp as a tasty delicacy, you will like to eat it for sure!
  • Our likes and dislikes are initially shaped by our parent’s likes and dislikes.

It is a psychological function!

Liking something is a psychological function which is associated to many conditions like:

Familiarity:

You tend to like something that is familiar to you

Reference:

You tend to like something because you have liked something in reference to it before.

Association:

You might like something because you associate it with a good memory but are unaware of it.

Now, let’s see why do some people like somethings which other people don’t?

Why do some people like scary or tragic movies?

Because they feel it will help them prepare to deal with pain and fear later in life.

Why do some people like spicy food?

It is because of the delicious moment of escape it provides when the heat subsides.

Why do we like something a lot and then after a few years don’t like it at all?

Sometimes we get very attached to something because of the memories associated with it, but as we grow older it becomes less important to us.

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Epcot Theme Park, Orlando, Florida http://mocomi.com/epcot-theme-park/ http://mocomi.com/epcot-theme-park/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:27:17 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94764 Hello friends, today I am at a magical world to have some fun. The place you see behind me is the famous Walt Disney theme park in Florida named- Epcot. History of Epcot Epcot is an acronym of Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a utopian city. Originally Epcot was supposed to be a test city […]

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Epcot Theme Park, Orlando, Florida

Hello friends, today I am at a magical world to have some fun. The place you see behind me is the famous Walt Disney theme park in Florida named- Epcot.

History of Epcot

Epcot is an acronym of Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a utopian city. Originally Epcot was supposed to be a test city model with home to twenty thousand residents. But this vision of Walt Disney never came true and after his death the officials decided to take this park into a different direction. The theme park opened in 1982 and consisted of Future World and World Showcases. Future World was dedicated to new technology that was being developed.  World Showcase was developed to be a separate park that showed the customs and cultures of other countries.  The park was not known as we know it today until 1996, when the park was officially rebranded Epcot. The attractions inside the park keep changing according to changes in technology.

What are the various parts of Epcot?

The Park consists of Future World and World Showcases.

Epcot Future World

Future world is technology based and has innovative aspects. The enormous metal sphere you see behind me is the main attraction here and is called the Spaceship Earth. It is a time machine ride through the history of human beings from cave-dwelling times to modern day. Innovations provide several rooms full of frequently-updated new technology and machinery to play with and learn about.

Epcot World Showcase

The World Showcase pavilions are a series of 11 sections each is designed to represent the customs, décor and cuisine of different countries. There is a Norway pavilion, American Pavilion, Japanese Pavilion and many more selling various cuisines from different regions of the world. There is an American Adventure which is a theatre-like exhibition of the past 200 years of America, narrated by Ben Franklin and Mark Twain.

Epcot center attractions

Epcot is an amalgamation of the festivities of the world’s culture and selection of 3d and laser shows. The attractions range from one of the fastest Disney attractions to gentle boat rides, from a thrilling hang-gliding experience to interactive play areas which are fun and imaginative for kids. The park offers live shows, concerts, character meet and greets; acrobats, fireworks, musicians, mimes, dancers, drummers, and comedians. There are also special events on holidays and festivals.

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What are the benefits of eggs? http://mocomi.com/what-are-the-benefits-of-eggs/ http://mocomi.com/what-are-the-benefits-of-eggs/#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:28:17 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94746 Why eggs are good for you? Eggs are considered to be “Super food”. Why? Because they are loaded with nutrients and are so easily available. Health benefits of eggs Proteins: Eggs have full array of amino acids and is considered the most perfect protein. Amino acids are important for healthy immune system, metabolism and lean […]

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What are the benefits of eggs?

Why eggs are good for you?

Eggs are considered to be “Super food”. Why? Because they are loaded with nutrients and are so easily available.

Health benefits of eggs

Proteins: Eggs have full array of amino acids and is considered the most perfect protein. Amino acids are important for healthy immune system, metabolism and lean body tissue development.

Omega 3 fatty acid: Eggs contain Omega-3 fatty acid which help develop our brain and our cognitive memory.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin: The essential dietary component, Lutein and Zeaxanthin sharpen our vision. Our body does not create these components on its own. The yolk in the eggs are rich resource for this.

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Sluggish http://mocomi.com/sluggish/ http://mocomi.com/sluggish/#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:18:35 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94730 What does “sluggish” mean? There are somedays when you just don’t feel like doing anything. There is homework and some study awaiting you but you just cannot bring yourself to do it. It is those days when you feel “sluggish”. Used as an adjective, it means moving slowly or being inactive.

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Sluggish

What does “sluggish” mean?

There are somedays when you just don’t feel like doing anything. There is homework and some study awaiting you but you just cannot bring yourself to do it. It is those days when you feel “sluggish”. Used as an adjective, it means moving slowly or being inactive.

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Why is junk food unhealthy? http://mocomi.com/why-is-junk-food-unhealthy/ http://mocomi.com/why-is-junk-food-unhealthy/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:30:03 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94562 Bumbley – A dollop of ice-cream, a piece of chocolate, pizza, macaroni and cheese! Ooh how I love fooood. Coley – That is not food. That is junk food! And you know that junk food is unhealthy, right? Bumbley – I know, I know. But why? I mean how can something that tastes so good, […]

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Why is junk food unhealthy?

Bumbley – A dollop of ice-cream, a piece of chocolate, pizza, macaroni and cheese! Ooh how I love fooood.
Coley – That is not food. That is junk food! And you know that junk food is unhealthy, right?
Bumbley – I know, I know. But why? I mean how can something that tastes so good, be so bad for us?
Coley – It is quite simple Bumbley. We need food to supply us with nutrients. Nutrients which are used to build our body and fuel it.
Bumbley– Why can’t junk food do that for us?
Coley – Because junk food doesn’t have enough nutrients in it. It does not give you energy to play or stay strong.
Bumbley – I don’t mind not playing if I can have an extra burger.
Coley – Really? No play for a burger?
Bumbley – Actually, I won’t mind both. Play and junk food.
Coley – You can have both. You can have your burger if you eat fruits too. That way you are giving your body enough nourishment too.
Bumbley – I am sleepy now.
Coley – Oh, yes. Junk food makes you sleepy and tired too. You can sleep if you want. I am gonna go and play basketball.
Bumbley – Hey, wait for me! I promise, I will eat fruits and veggies too. Because I wanna play and have fun!

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Why is ‘abbreviation’ such a long word? http://mocomi.com/why-is-abbreviation-such-a-long-word/ http://mocomi.com/why-is-abbreviation-such-a-long-word/#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:04:31 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94698 Abbreviation: Origin and History Em: Emma, I was wondering, how come abbreviation is such a long word? Emma: Because “Abbreviation” is not an abbreviation, Em. Em: Ha ha very funny. I’m sure there is more to it than that. Emma: Actually I did read something about the origin of the word being fairly short. It […]

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Abbreviation: Origin and History

Em: Emma, I was wondering, how come abbreviation is such a long word?
Emma: Because “Abbreviation” is not an abbreviation, Em.
Em: Ha ha very funny. I’m sure there is more to it than that.
Emma: Actually I did read something about the origin of the word being fairly short. It started with “brevis” which is Latin for “short” and also the root of “brief”
Em: Then how did it get sooo long?
Reason: “Ab” was added to “breviare” to make it “abbreviare”, a verb meaning “to shorten”; then it got converted to a noun by adding “-ionem” at the end becoming “abbreviationem” which means “something that has been shortened”. Then the “em” was removed and voila!
Em: That explanation was way too long for the word abbreviation.
Reason: NO popcorn for you.

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Matamata Town, New Zealand http://mocomi.com/matamata-town/ http://mocomi.com/matamata-town/#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:45:22 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94684 Matamata: The Real Hobbit Village Hi children! I am at the beautiful Matamata town in New Zealand today. It is known for its industries, dairy farming heritage, historic firth tower museum and the real life Hobbit movie set! History of Matamata Matamata is a small agricultural town located at the base of the Kaimai ranges, […]

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Matamata Town, New Zealand

Matamata: The Real Hobbit Village

Hi children! I am at the beautiful Matamata town in New Zealand today. It is known for its industries, dairy farming heritage, historic firth tower museum and the real life Hobbit movie set!

History of Matamata

Matamata is a small agricultural town located at the base of the Kaimai ranges, in the heart of Waikato region and is a part of the Matamata Piako district. Phiilip Tapsell was the first European to have visited this town in 1830. The town was shut around 1835 when an intertribal warfare broke out. In 1865 Josia Firth leased a large area of the town and constructed a dray road to Cambridge and cleared the Waihou River so that his small boats could pass. His estates later failed and were divided into dairy farm units. It became an independent town district only in 1919. In 1989, Matamata became a part of the Matamata- Piako district.

5 Things you need to know about Matamata

Some of the must visit attractions in this beautiful town are as follows:

  1. The Hobbiton Movie Set- This is the Matamata’s main attraction from the film industry after the Alexander Brother’s farm became the Shire in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  2. The Alexander’s have made their region into a traditional New Zealand sheep and beef farm. This is the permanent set in the Hobbit movie trilogy.
  3. Firth Tower Museum- This gives an insight into the town’s history and is worth visiting with its beautiful parks and surrounding.
  4. Wairere falls- Set amidst the natural scenery this hidden gem is 153 meter high and is a perfect place for clicking lovely pictures!
  5. Opal hot springs- This is right next to the town’s golf course and one can soak a swim in the naturally hot waters.

The town has a number of places to stay and also offers a variety of food and dining options.

Ever wondered what does “Hobbit” mean?

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Susurrous http://mocomi.com/susurrous/ http://mocomi.com/susurrous/#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:43:21 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94665 What does “Susurrous” mean? Have you ever struggled for a word to describe a sound? A sound which is soothing or comforting? Susurrous is a word for one such sound. Pronounced as Suu-suh-rus, it means emitting a whispering or rustling sound. It stems from the Latin word susurrare and is used as an adjective. It […]

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What does “Susurrous” mean?

Have you ever struggled for a word to describe a sound? A sound which is soothing or comforting? Susurrous is a word for one such sound. Pronounced as Suu-suh-rus, it means emitting a whispering or rustling sound. It stems from the Latin word susurrare and is used as an adjective. It is always used in a positive context unlike ‘hissing’.

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The Discovery of Oxygen http://mocomi.com/the-discovery-of-oxygen/ http://mocomi.com/the-discovery-of-oxygen/#comments Fri, 10 Mar 2017 07:08:54 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94634 When did we discover we needed oxygen for respiration? We can’t live without oxygen…literally. Of course, everybody knows that. However, that wasn’t the case in the mid-1700s. People were unaware of a substance called “oxygen” that supported respiration. Who discovered oxygen? “Oxygen” was discovered almost simultaneously in three parts of the world. So, there is […]

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The Discovery of Oxygen

When did we discover we needed oxygen for respiration?

We can’t live without oxygen…literally. Of course, everybody knows that. However, that wasn’t the case in the mid-1700s. People were unaware of a substance called “oxygen” that supported respiration.

Who discovered oxygen?

“Oxygen” was discovered almost simultaneously in three parts of the world. So, there is a lot of contention regarding who discovered it first. The major credit though goes to Joseph Priestley as he was the first one to publish his findings.

Here is the series of events that let the discovery of “oxygen” as we know it now.

Timeline of discovery of oxygen

In 1972 Carl W. Scheele from Sweden heated several compounds including potassium nitrate, manganese oxide, and mercury oxide and found they released a gas which enhanced combustion. He called this gas “fire air,” but did not publish his findings.

How was oxygen discovered as an element?

Then, in 1974 Joseph Priestly, an English chemist, independently conducted an experiment using a 12-inch-wide glass “burning lens,” with which he focused sunlight on a lump of reddish mercuric oxide in an inverted glass container. He found that the gas emitted, was “five or six times as good as common air.” He called this gas “dephlogisticated air”. In later tests, it caused a flame to burn intensely and kept a mouse alive about four times as long as a similar quantity of air. He published his findings in the same year.

How did oxygen get its name?

Later, Antoine Lavoisier, a French chemist, also conducted experiments which lead him to the discovery of “oxygen”. In 1775, he was the first to recognize it as an element, and coined its name “oxygen”- which comes from a Greek word that means “acid-former”.

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When was the Notre Dame cathedral built?

The Notre Dame Cathedral was built during two centuries, between 1163 and 1345. It is one of the oldest buildings having Gothic architecture in France. Notre Dame is still a functioning Catholic church and is visited by millions of visitors every year.

The architecture of Notre Dame

This ancient church is almost 400 feet long and 140 feet wide. The famous twin towers in the front have almost 387 steps to the top! Most of the building has been built of stone but Notre Dame is sometimes known as ‘The Forest’ because almost 1300 trees were also used in its construction. The roof is made from 1000 lead tiles. In French, the Notre Dame Cathedral is called Notre-Dame de Paris which means ‘Our lady of Paris’. The interiors of the Cathedral are breathtaking. The stained glass windows are beautiful and almost all of them date back to the 13th century. The two rose windows are among the biggest in Europe. The bronze plate in the portico before the cathedral is the origin of all road distances in France calculated from Paris. The South Tower of Notre Dame has the largest bell known as the Emmanuel Bell and it weighs 13 tons. Notre Dame also has one of the most revered of religious artefacts- the crown of thorns. Many statues can be seen on the outside walls of Notre Dame.

Why is the Cathedral of Notre Dame so famous?

The Notre Dame Cathedral is so famous that it beats the number of visitors visiting the Eiffel tower in Paris. One of the most well read books in the world- Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame was set mostly in the Cathedral. It was written to increase the appreciation for the building.

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The unflappable albatross http://mocomi.com/the-unflappable-albatross/ http://mocomi.com/the-unflappable-albatross/#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:51:51 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94571 The wandering albatross can travel 500 to 600 miles in a single day without even flapping its wings. It can maintain speeds higher than 127 km/hour for more than eight hours. This is the skill of dynamic soaring imbibed in the albatross. What makes albatross fly high without flapping? Scientists have proved that an elbow […]

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The unflappable albatross

The wandering albatross can travel 500 to 600 miles in a single day without even flapping its wings. It can maintain speeds higher than 127 km/hour for more than eight hours. This is the skill of dynamic soaring imbibed in the albatross.

What makes albatross fly high without flapping?

Scientists have proved that an elbow lock system allowed the albatross to keep its wings open at no energy. But researchers have been observing albatross for years and have now gained an insight into what makes them go high without flapping.

The soaring secrets of the albatross

The albatross gains height by angling their wings while flying into the wind. Then they turn and sweep along for about 100 meters. This is known as dynamic soaring. First they climb along the wind, then they turn from windward to leeward when they are at their flying peak, then they slightly make a leeward descent and finally a curve from the leeward to windward at an angle which makes them soar without flapping. This dynamic soaring allows for sustained flight. They can actually fly much faster than wind speed.

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Why is an idea mostly associated with a light bulb? http://mocomi.com/why-is-an-idea-mostly-associated-with-a-light-bulb/ http://mocomi.com/why-is-an-idea-mostly-associated-with-a-light-bulb/#comments Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:45:25 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=93866 Why does a light bulb represent an idea? When active, Our brain produces electrical currents due to nearly 100,000 chemical reactions occurring in it per second. These chemical reactions are carried out in our brain by tiny cells called neurons. Neurons process and transmit information through electrical and chemical signals that they pass on to […]

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Why is an idea mostly associated with a light bulb?

Why does a light bulb represent an idea?

  • When active, Our brain produces electrical currents due to nearly 100,000 chemical reactions occurring in it per second.
  • These chemical reactions are carried out in our brain by tiny cells called neurons.
  • Neurons process and transmit information through electrical and chemical signals that they pass on to each other.
  • They pass this information at the speed of 420 km/hr.
  • Which is faster than the speed of a race car!
  • After processing this information, when we arrive at an insight, our brain literally lights up!
  • That is why an “idea” is usually associated with a light bulb.
  • The moment when we get an idea, is also referred to as an ‘Aha’, ‘Eureka’ or ‘light bulb’ moment.

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Karma http://mocomi.com/karma/ http://mocomi.com/karma/#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:24:26 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94428 What does “Karma” mean? “Karma” is a Sanskrit word which means deed, work or action. It mainly means that the actions or intent of an individual will determine his or her future, and is the spiritual principle of cause and effect. If you do good, then you can expect good to happen to you, but […]

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Karma

What does “Karma” mean?

“Karma” is a Sanskrit word which means deed, work or action. It mainly means that the actions or intent of an individual will determine his or her future, and is the spiritual principle of cause and effect. If you do good, then you can expect good to happen to you, but if you do bad, you can only expect bad to happen to you. Basically the word “Karma” confirms to the saying, “As you sow, so shall you reap.”

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Cows transfixed by saxophone sound! http://mocomi.com/cows-transfixed-by-saxophone-sound/ http://mocomi.com/cows-transfixed-by-saxophone-sound/#comments Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:41:08 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94406 Sam Greenfield played his saxophone to attract the attention of cows at the New York State Animal sanctuary. Do cows like music? The cows- Jesse and Amos, were grazing and were not in sync with their surroundings. When Sam came there with his saxophone; initially the cows were sceptical of the moves and sounds but […]

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Cows transfixed by saxophone sound!

Sam Greenfield played his saxophone to attract the attention of cows at the New York State Animal sanctuary.

Do cows like music?

The cows- Jesse and Amos, were grazing and were not in sync with their surroundings. When Sam came there with his saxophone; initially the cows were sceptical of the moves and sounds but eventually walked up to Sam for a close up view of him and his soothing saxophone music. The cows seemed calm and rather in love with the music being played. In fact, one of the cows showed appreciation by licking Sam’s face after he stopped playing the saxophone.

Seems like even cows have developed a love for the musical instrument!

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Forbidden City, Beijing http://mocomi.com/forbidden-city/ http://mocomi.com/forbidden-city/#comments Thu, 02 Mar 2017 07:38:40 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94388 Hello Children, today I am at Beijing and this large arcade of red walls and yellow glazed roof tiles you see behind me is the Forbidden City. History of the Forbidden City The Forbidden City was built between 1406 and 1420 under the orders of the powerful Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. It was […]

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Forbidden City, Beijing

Hello Children, today I am at Beijing and this large arcade of red walls and yellow glazed roof tiles you see behind me is the Forbidden City.

History of the Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was built between 1406 and 1420 under the orders of the powerful Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. It was built to protect the Emperor and his family. It is a micro city in its own. For 500 years this Forbidden City was the political and ritual center of china. It was home to 24 emperors, their families and servants. The city had been home to 24 Chinese Emperors. In 1925 the precinct was transformed into the Palace Museum and the last emperor, Puyi was expelled. It still remains a cultural heritage site and is one of the most famous tourist attractions in China.

Features of the Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is surrounded by a 26 feet high wall and 170 feet wide moat. It is composed of more than 90 palace compounds and 98 buildings all aligned in a straight line from north to south. Each corner of the palace has a tall guard tower where soldiers were kept to keep a watch for enemies. The main gate of the city is the Meridian gate to the south. Each side of the city has one gate. The southern part of the palace is known as the outer court where the emperor used to conduct official ceremonies. Towards the north is the inner court where the emperor and his family lived. The emperor slept in a building called Palace of Heavenly Purity and the empress lived in a building called the Palace of Earthly Tranquillity.

3 Interesting facts about Forbidden City

  1. The Forbidden City is home to curated collection of Chinese historical artefacts. I saw an array of ancient treasures, porcelain and jade, gardens and plazas.
  2. The imperial dishes were created by the chefs at the Forbidden City. You can too enjoy and dine like an imperial ruler. Many restaurants located near the Forbidden City offer you great cuisine.
  3. You can visit the Forbidden City without a Visa and that too for 3 days! Beijing became 72 hours Visa free in 2013.

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Phosphene http://mocomi.com/phosphene/ http://mocomi.com/phosphene/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:31:05 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94376 What does “Phosphene” mean? Have you ever closed your eyes and then pressed your eyelids with your fingers? Most of us have done it. What happens when we do that is, we feel a sensation of lights. Each of us might see these lights in different ways. Some might see them as spots while some […]

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Phosphene

What does “Phosphene” mean?

Have you ever closed your eyes and then pressed your eyelids with your fingers? Most of us have done it. What happens when we do that is, we feel a sensation of lights. Each of us might see these lights in different ways. Some might see them as spots while some might see them as lines, floating stars, zigzags, swirls, spirals or squiggles. Everyone sees them is different colours too! So, phosphene can be called a phenomenon characterized by the experience of seeing light without light entering the eye.

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The Story of Holi http://mocomi.com/story-of-holi/ http://mocomi.com/story-of-holi/#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:48:34 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=84063 Why Holi is Celebrated? Holi gets its name from Holika, demon king Hiranyakashyap’s sister. Hiranyakashyap had got a boon from Lord Vishnu that he would not be killed by man or animal, at day or night, inside or outside, above or on the ground. So Hiranyakashyap said that only he should be worshipped, not God. […]

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The Story of Holi

Why Holi is Celebrated?

Holi gets its name from Holika, demon king Hiranyakashyap’s sister. Hiranyakashyap had got a boon from Lord Vishnu that he would not be killed by man or animal, at day or night, inside or outside, above or on the ground.

So Hiranyakashyap said that only he should be worshipped, not God. His own son, Prahlad continued to worship Lord Vishnu. This made his father angry. He asked Prahlad to jump from a mountain, but he remained unhurt.

Even when Hiranyakashyap made Prahlad jump in a well, he was unharmed.

Hiranyakashyap tried to poison Prahlad. The poison turned to nectar in Prahlad’s mouth.

Then, Hiranyakashya ordered that wild elephants should trample Prahlad, but he was not hurt.

Next, Prahlad was put in a room with poisonous, angry snakes, but still nothing happened to him.

Finally, Hollka made Prahlad sit on a pyre with her. She was protected by a shawl that kept her from being burnt. The shawl flew from her to Prahlad. So, Holika burned, Prahlad was safe.

Lord Vishnu appeared as half-man, half-lion and killed Hiranyakashyap at dusk, on his porch steps.

A Holika bonfire is lit every year to remind us of the victory of good over evil. Holi is celebrated on the day after the bonfire.

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Natural Holi Colors http://mocomi.com/natural-holi-colors/ http://mocomi.com/natural-holi-colors/#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:26:20 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=83895 Make Natural Holi Colours with Einstein Iyengar The school was abuzz with the coming Holi holidays. The children were extremely excited to celebrate the festival of colors, much to the dismay of the environmental science teacher of Eeshan. During class he said “Holi is a wonderful festival that brings people of different race, color and […]

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Natural Holi Colors

Make Natural Holi Colours with Einstein Iyengar

The school was abuzz with the coming Holi holidays. The children were extremely excited to celebrate the festival of colors, much to the dismay of the environmental science teacher of Eeshan. During class he said “Holi is a wonderful festival that brings people of different race, color and kind, together. But over the years the use of harmful colors and wastage of water has made Holi a threat to the environment and people.”

“But Sir, are you saying we shouldn’t celebrate the festival at all?, asked Eeshan

“No Martin. But there is an alternative. We can use less of water during celebrations and natural colors. Colors that are made of natural things and do not harm our skin. They can also be taken off easily.” Said the professor.

Martin said “What is Holi without the water balloons and the strong colors Sir? We aren’t old, we are young and energetic!” the class cheered when Martin spoke.

The teacher continued “Do you know traditionally Holi was celebrated with colors that were good for the skin and had medicinal value as well. It celebrates the advent of spring and the trees that blossom and give the plants that helped in making the colors. I agree it is a festival which is meant for fun, but why can’t we have fun with colors that are naturally made? The synthetic colors are not just harmful to our skin, but also have a harmful effect on water resources, soil fertility and millions of animals and microorganisms. Would you want to harm all these things just for a few hours of fun Martin?”

Martin was speechless. Eeshan spoke, “Sir, What if we celebrate Holi in the school premises? We can have an activity of making as many colors naturally as possible and also get to play! I am sure the principal will encourage us to celebrate the festival in a natural way.”

“That’s a great idea Eeshan! Let me talk to the principal.” Said the teacher positively.

When the children found out that the principal had given the permission to celebrate Holi in the school premises, right before the holiday, they were overjoyed. The teacher asked “So how are we going to make the colors children?”

Martin spoke first, “We can use turmeric powder as yellow color! It smells nice and is great for the skin!”

“That’s great Martin!” acknowledged the teacher

Eeshan spoke next, “We can use dry hibiscus flowers and powder them. They will give a lovely red color. They are used in many shampoos as an ingredient for making hair softer. So we can use it to color everyone’s hair as well.”

The children were excited at the prospect of playing Holi as wildly as they did, but with colors that would not have a bad aftermath.

Many colors were made on the day of Holi and displayed on plates on a huge table. The colorful display made school a vibrant place that day with the principal also joining in to play with the students. Mehendi was used to make the color green, the Jacaranda flowers were dried and crushed to give a lovely blue color, the vegetable Beat Root was sliced and grated to give a lovely magenta and all the colors were mixed with water to make them wet. Kattha, used in the Pan was mixed in water to give a brown color and Amla was boiled and dried to give the color black.

The children had more fun playing with their teachers and the principal, more so because they didn’t have to rub generous amounts of oil before playing Holi this year. The oil, their mothers said, would help in removing the hard synthetic colors of Holi, when they took a bath. This Holi, was naturally fun!

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Jojo’s Unholy Holi http://mocomi.com/jojos-unholy-holi/ http://mocomi.com/jojos-unholy-holi/#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:57:41 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=82817 Lighten Up, Its Holi! At school, Jojo was standing in the cafeteria when Karan stood behind him. While Jojo was busy eating an ice cream, Karan threw a water balloon at the cafeteria head and hid behind the chair. Unaware of the whole scenario, Jojo continued eating his ice cream when the head of the […]

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Jojo’s Unholy Holi

Lighten Up, Its Holi!

At school, Jojo was standing in the cafeteria when Karan stood behind him. While Jojo was busy eating an ice cream, Karan threw a water balloon at the cafeteria head and hid behind the chair. Unaware of the whole scenario, Jojo continued eating his ice cream when the head of the cafeteria stormed towards him.

“Are you trying to act smart?” said the cafeteria head “I will take you to the principal!”“For what? For eating an ice cream?” said Jojo, puzzled by the reaction.
“You threw a water balloon at me!” said the man “No, I did not!” argued Jojo

“I will make sure you get punished Jojo!” said the man adamantly, and left.

Karan came put of his hiding place and started laughing. Its when Jojo realized what had happened and said “So it was you! “

You have troubled me since long Karan. It has to stop now!”“Or what?” said Karan and continued “Look, it’s Holi! Lighten up a little Jojo!”

The last period of the day went on and Jojo was more than happy to get back to home. He was extremely irritated with Karan after what had happened. The bell rang to summon the end of the day and Jojo got up to leave. He could hear the class laughing behind him and looked puzzled.

Nikhil screamed “Jojo! Your trousers are all colored!”Jojo noticed a paper where he had been sitting and traces of ‘gulal’ on the paper. He saw Karan laughing at the back with the other children and stormed towards him.

Karan kept laughing with no remorse and told Jojo again to lighten up as it was Holi. When Jojo picked up the paper in which the color was kept, it read the same lines as Karan had been saying all day.

Jojo was extremely upset with how the day had turned out and hung his head in sorrow. Nikhil tried to cheer his friend up and said “Cheer up Jojo! It is Holi, Karan should lighten up as well!”

Jojo’s eyes lit up as an idea crossed his mind and he said “Nikhil! I know just how we can get back at him!”
The next day, the first period was that of their strict class teacher Mr. Sharma. When he opened the class cupboard to get some chalk, a paper on top of the half open cupboard dropped on his head. To his horror it was filled with ‘gulal’ which spill all over his face. The class started to laugh

Mr. Sharma picked up the paper and looked at the class angrily. “Who has done this? I will punish you all, if you don’t tell me who did this” The class went into absolute silence on realizing what had happened.

Mr. Sharma read what was written on the paper out loud. It read “Lighten up, its Holi!” The children in the class immediately said “That’s what Karan has been saying all this week!”

Before Karan could realize what had happened the whole class was pointing fingers at him and Mr. Sharma knew he had caught the prankster. He took Karan to the principal’s room and he was asked to spend three hours after school in detention till the end of the week.

Jojo and Nikhil walked past the classroom window and saw an angry and upset Karan sitting on the bench. Jojo laughed and said “Oh come on Karan! Lighten up! It is Holi!”

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Holi – Festival of Colors http://mocomi.com/holi/ http://mocomi.com/holi/#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2017 04:03:32 +0000 http://www.mocomi.com/?post_type=zone&p=11343 What is Holi Festival? Holi, is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. It is a festival celebrated with colour, water and the exchange of sweets and is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and countries with a large Indian population following Hinduism. Why do we celebrate Holi? Holi originally, was a festival that commemorated […]

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What is Holi Festival?

Holi, is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. It is a festival celebrated with colour, water and the exchange of sweets and is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and countries with a large Indian population following Hinduism.

Why do we celebrate Holi?

Holi originally, was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. In addition to celebrating the coming of spring, Hindus believed that it was a time to enjoy spring’s abundant colors and saying farewell to winter.

Holi also celebrates many religious myths and legends. On the eve of the festival, bonfires are lit in memory of a young Prahlad’s miraculous escape from the Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu in Hindu mythology. The name Holi is derived from the demoness Holika.

Even though there have been references to a festival such as this in Sanskrit texts where people sprayed coloured water using bamboo syringes, the origin of the modern Holi festival has been traced back to ancient Bengal. During the Gaudiya Vaishnav festival, people went to Krishna temples, applied red colour to the icon and then distributed the red coloured powder along with prasad to family and friends. These customs spread across the country and now…

History of Holi

Even though Holi originated in Bengal, the festival is most celebrated in the Braj region – locations connected to Lord Krishna such as Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon and Barsana. These places see a huge surge in tourism during the Holi festival.
Holi is celebrated on the last full moon day of the lunar month, which usually falls in the later part of February or March.

Holi celebration in India

In most parts of India, Holi lasts about two days. One of festivals biggest attributes is that it closes the wide gaps between social classes and brings Hindus and people belonging to other religions together.
Holi today is celebrated with much fervour across the country. This festival is not just restricted to the younger ones, and you will see people of all ages, young and old participate. Just like the old times, people go visiting their friends and family and play with them. There are private parties too that are organised for the public by certain groups where a place is taken on rent, and people can come and play holi there with their friends. The organisers ensure that there is enough water, colour and sweets available. The music played at these parties get the crowds going as well.
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  • What is Holi locally known as in Bihar?
  • Holi has been depicted in which famous international song. Hint : It’s by Linkin Park
  • Make your own natural Holi colours by mixing some turmeric powder and gram flour and use it to play this Holi season. Be rest assured that this colour is safe and also extremely good for the skin.

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Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco http://mocomi.com/golden-gate-bridge/ http://mocomi.com/golden-gate-bridge/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:50:31 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94357 “At last the mighty task is done. Resplendent in the western sun,” these are words from the poem ‘The Mighty Task is Done’, written about the Golden Gate Bridge by Joseph P. Strauss, the Chief Engineer of the Bridge. So, as you might have guessed, I am at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, […]

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Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

“At last the mighty task is done. Resplendent in the western sun,” these are words from the poem ‘The Mighty Task is Done’, written about the Golden Gate Bridge by Joseph P. Strauss, the Chief Engineer of the Bridge.

So, as you might have guessed, I am at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California which is an iconic piece of architecture.

History of the Golden Gate Bridge

Did you know it was called “the bridge that couldn’t be built,” before its construction began on January 5, 1933? After four years of relentless struggle against winds, fog, rocks and treacherous tides, today it stands 227 meters in height and 2,737 in length. It opened on May 27, 1937 and instantly become a much-loved symbol of the city.

The bridge was built at a cost of $35 million in principal and $39 million in interest. It was the world’s longest bridge until 1964, when Verrazano Narrows Suspension Bridge in New York City was built 60 feet longer. The Golden Gate is now the world’s ninth longest bridge.

The bridge is painted in the colour ‘International Orange’. However, this was not the first colour preference. Proposed colors for the bridge included carbon gray, aluminum, or black. The U.S. Navy wanted black with yellow stripes for greater visibility; not so attractive right?. Finally inspired by the red primer the steel beams had been coated in at the factories where they were made, the bridge was given an International Orange colour. Thank god for that! It truly complements the bridge’s natural surroundings and helps the structure stand out from the sea and sky.

The bridge has only been closed a few times since it opened. Three times due to due to high winds gusting close to or over 70 miles per hour, then for visits from dignitaries like President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Charles de Gaulle of France. It was also closed on its 50th and 75th Anniversaries.

3 Interesting facts about the Golden Gate Bridge

  1. The Golden Gate Bridge has lost 7,500 tons (in weight) since it opened in 1937.
  2. It is estimated that 5,000 – 10,000 gallons of paint are used to repaint the Golden Gate Bridge each year.
  3. Toll collectors have let various cars pass without paying the toll, but collected some unusual things in its place, like canes, shoes and even false teeth.

It has been featured in many popular movies like Ant-Man (2015), Big Hero 6 (2014), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Monsters Vs. Aliens (2009), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and Hulk (2003) to name a few.

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What to do when you don’t get what you want?

How to get what you really want?

What to do when you don’t get what you want?
Everyday, you have something you would want or like to do.
‘want + Getting what you want = Happiness

But not everyday do you get to do that, do you?
‘want’ + Not getting what you want = Sadness

So, what do you do when you don’t get what you want?
The first emotion you feel is anger. Allow yourself to feel it completely. No need to act on it. Decide that you will not do anything until the feeling of anger has a lesser grip on you.

Once you allow yourself to feel angry completely, you will feel tired. Do something that helps you relax. Something that will distract you from what you are not able to get.
‘Want’ + Something you already have = Happiness

Find something you already have and let yourself indulge with it.

It takes time to get what you want. Sometimes a lot of time. But in the meantime you can still be happy instead of angry. Eventually you do end up getting what you want.

What you really really wanted.

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What does “Cruciverbalist” mean?

Solving crossword puzzles is fun and many people enjoy it. There are some people who don’t just enjoy it but strive to excel at it and with practice become skilled at solving crossword puzzles. There are so many people who take solving crossword puzzles and acing it seriously, that there is a word to describe them! It is “Cruciverbalist”. Cruciverbalist is a Latin word pronounced as Cru-civer-ba-list.

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Banana – An energy-booster http://mocomi.com/banana-an-energy-booster/ http://mocomi.com/banana-an-energy-booster/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:19:53 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94295 What are the health benefits of one Banana a day? Most of us might not like this wholesome fruit, but did you know that a banana a day can also help you keep the doctor away? Bananas make our bones stronger, prevent anemia and most importantly power our brains. If you are running low on […]

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Banana – An energy-booster

What are the health benefits of one Banana a day?

Most of us might not like this wholesome fruit, but did you know that a banana a day can also help you keep the doctor away? Bananas make our bones stronger, prevent anemia and most importantly power our brains. If you are running low on energy, have a banana and get that instant energy rush. Bananas are very rich in vitamins and minerals. A medium sized banana contains almost 420 mg of potassium which helps greatly in bodily functions.

Are bananas good for weight loss?

If you are worried about your weight, eating a banana will satiate you for a longer duration. This you can cut down on the junk you might have in between meals. An added advantage of a banana is, if you rub the peel on your teeth, it will make them white instantly!

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Discovery and Control of fire by early humans http://mocomi.com/control-of-fire-by-early-humans/ http://mocomi.com/control-of-fire-by-early-humans/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:19:58 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94265 Discovery of fire by early man Contrary to popular belief fire was not invented but discovered and tamed by man. When lightning struck a forest and created fire, it probably intrigued and amazed the early man. Many scientists believe that the controlled use of fire was most likely first achieved by our ancient human ancestor […]

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Discovery of fire by early man

Contrary to popular belief fire was not invented but discovered and tamed by man. When lightning struck a forest and created fire, it probably intrigued and amazed the early man. Many scientists believe that the controlled use of fire was most likely first achieved by our ancient human ancestor known as Homo erectus, and not Homo sapiens or Neanderthal as commonly believed. Homo erectus became the first hominin to master flames by accident, possibly in order to cook their food.

How did the control of fire lead to human evolution?

The control and manipulation of fire was a turning point for human evolution. It gave birth to cooked food. Cooking allowed the early man to consume more calories and, as a result, to develop larger brains.

Control of fire also helped one to ward off predators and venture into harsh climates. It also had important social and behavioral implications, like encouraging groups of people to gather together and stay up late.

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Potala Palace Lhasa, Tibet – Facts http://mocomi.com/potala-palace/ http://mocomi.com/potala-palace/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:19:09 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94218 Legend behind Potala Palace Legend states that the three hills of Chokpori, Marpori and Pongwari are the three protectors of Tibet. The Potala Palace, named so after the mythical abode of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, Mount Potalaka, is located on the Marpori hill. It lies between the Drepung and Sera monastaries and the old city of […]

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Legend behind Potala Palace

Legend states that the three hills of Chokpori, Marpori and Pongwari are the three protectors of Tibet. The Potala Palace, named so after the mythical abode of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, Mount Potalaka, is located on the Marpori hill. It lies between the Drepung and Sera monastaries and the old city of Lhasa, making it an ideal site for governing establishment, as pointed out by Konchong Chophel, spiritual advisor to the 5th Dalai Lama. The 5th agreed, and began construction of the palace in the year 1645. Though the external construction was completed in a quick 3 years, the interiors and furnishings took around 45 years to be completed! Since its completion, it was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama till the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the Tibetan Uprising in 1959.

Interesting facts about Potala Palace Architecture

The palace is a sturdy complex, comprising of the Red and White palaces and their ancillary buildings. The White palace is a massive 13 story building with over 1000 rooms and 10000 shrines. There are more than 200000 statues and artifacts in and around the palace. Especially noteworthy are the 698 murals on the walls and along the corridors. It also houses the main ceremonial hall and the throne of the Dalai Lama. Higher up the mountain and to the west lies the Red Palace, which contains the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas. Further west is the private monastery of the Dalai Lama, the Namgyel Dratshang. This 117 m structure has copper based foundations, which help proof it against earthquakes. So spectacular is its architecture that it is regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural buildings in the world. Another feather in the cap for the palace is that not only is it a splendid feat of architecture, but also a place where you can see and learn about Tibetan culture thanks to the numerous artifacts that it houses.

Tour to Potala Palace

The tour to the palace is splendid, and I recommend you carry a coat with you, even if you visit in summer. The climb to the palace is a beautiful experience in itself, and because there’s so much to see (almost 30 sites!), the limited 1 hour viewing period flies by like a flash! Pro tip – Research beforehand to mark what you absolutely must see. My recommendation is that you do not miss the Dharma Cave.

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Culaccino http://mocomi.com/culaccino/ http://mocomi.com/culaccino/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:19:19 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94192 What does “Culaccino” mean? You see it almost every time you lift up a glass from the table. That circular mark left on the surface. You always wonder if there is a word to describe it. Well, there is! It is Culaccino. The Italian word is pronounced as koo-la-chieno and it has no direct English […]

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Culaccino

What does “Culaccino” mean?

You see it almost every time you lift up a glass from the table. That circular mark left on the surface. You always wonder if there is a word to describe it. Well, there is! It is Culaccino. The Italian word is pronounced as koo-la-chieno and it has no direct English translation!

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Rats laugh when tickled! http://mocomi.com/rats-laugh-when-tickled/ http://mocomi.com/rats-laugh-when-tickled/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2017 07:21:33 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94166 Do rats laugh? Do rats get tickled? Rats can laugh when tickled was known by the year 2000, but the new discovery states that they can laugh only when they are in the mood for it. What happens when rats get tickled? Scientists have located parts of rat’s brains that respond to tickling. The brain […]

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Rats laugh when tickled!

Do rats laugh? Do rats get tickled?

Rats can laugh when tickled was known by the year 2000, but the new discovery states that they can laugh only when they are in the mood for it.

What happens when rats get tickled?

Scientists have located parts of rat’s brains that respond to tickling. The brain region also plays a role in forming rats’ moods. So a rat will laugh when tickled only if it is already in a good mood. This laughter is caused at high frequencies but is inaudible to humans. When tickled on their back, stomach and tail; rats have high pitched vocalisation laughter. The tickled rats also display a behaviour called ‘joy jumps’ where their front and back legs move in tandem.

So next time you see a rat at home and are in no mood to poison it; you can maybe tickle it and keep them as a pet!

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Panchatantra: Who will Bell the Cat http://mocomi.com/panchatantra-who-will-bell-the-cat/ http://mocomi.com/panchatantra-who-will-bell-the-cat/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:06:54 +0000 http://www.mocomi.com/?post_type=wordsmith&p=44343 This post belongs to Mocomi.com

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Panchatantra: Who will Bell the Cat


Once, a great number of mice used to live in a grocer’s shop. They ate the fresh, tasty wheat, rice, bread, cheese and biscuits that were kept in the shop. They were having a great time and living easy, comfortable lives, growing fatter day ......

Once, a great number of mice used to live in a grocer’s shop. They ate the fresh, tasty wheat, rice, bread, cheese and biscuits that were kept in the shop. They were having a great time and living easy, comfortable lives, growing fatter day by day.

But the grocer was concerned about the losses that he was suffering because of the damage done to his stock by the mice. So, he thought of a solution and bought a big, fat cat to keep in his shop.

From that day onwards, the cat began to catch the mice every day. The mice were terrified of even stepping out of their holes. They could not reach the food anymore. This was a great cause of worry for them. They decided to call a meeting of all the mice in the shop to discuss this problem.

They got together and started thinking. One of them suggested that they must get rid of the fat cat but no one could think of a way of doing so. So they kept thinking of other ways. Finally, one mouse spoke up, “We should tie a bell around the cat’s neck. That way, whenever the cat is near or is coming in our direction, we would get to know by the ringing of the bell and we can quickly run back to our holes.”
This idea was much appreciated by the other mice. They thought that this was the best plan. They began dancing and celebrating with joy. But their celebrations did not last very long for soon an old and experienced mouse said, “You fools! Stop celebrating and first tell me: who will bell the cat?”

None of the mice had an answer to this question. They had not thought about this major problem in their seemingly perfect plan. This is why it is said that making a plan is one thing but executing it is an entirely different thing.

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Inside a Cricket Ball http://mocomi.com/inside-a-cricket-ball/ http://mocomi.com/inside-a-cricket-ball/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:30:10 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=91740 What is a cricket ball made of? A cricket ball is made up of layers of yarn wounded around a cork core. All this is inside a red or white colour leather shell. Cricket balls are entirely made up of organic material. What makes the cricket ball swing? Six rows of stitching and a raised […]

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Inside a Cricket Ball

What is a cricket ball made of?

A cricket ball is made up of layers of yarn wounded around a cork core. All this is inside a red or white colour leather shell. Cricket balls are entirely made up of organic material.

What makes the cricket ball swing?

Six rows of stitching and a raised seam gives the cricket balls unique qualities which make them spin, cut and swing.

The cork core gives the ball its shape and density. This core is then wounded with twine layers which gives flexibility to the leather surface. The leather surface provides durability but changes during the course of the game due to usage. The seam is hand stitched on the leather parts from both hemispheres. The seam on the leather surface provides the bowler with some control over the ball, helping with the swing and spin. The final ball is sprayed with nitrocellulose lacquer giving it the required colour of red or white.

Conditions of a ball

The condition of the ball is very important during the game. There are certain ways to clean the ball, polish or dry off the mud from the ball. The condition of the ball deteriorates during the course of the game. Only one ball can be used during the game. If the ball is damaged or lost then it can be replaced by a ball of the same condition.

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Whale Facts and Information http://mocomi.com/whale-facts/ http://mocomi.com/whale-facts/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:23:25 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=90995 Whales! One of the biggest and most amazing creatures that inhabit the earth. They are found in all the oceans of the world. These incredibly huge and magnificent creatures are mammals that have fully adapted to life in the water, which means they’re descendants of animals that millions of years ago used to live on […]

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Whale Facts and Information

Whales! One of the biggest and most amazing creatures that inhabit the earth. They are found in all the oceans of the world. These incredibly huge and magnificent creatures are mammals that have fully adapted to life in the water, which means they’re descendants of animals that millions of years ago used to live on land!

13 Interesting Facts about Whales

  1. Whales are closely related to dolphins, porpoises, and hippopotamuses.
  2. There are two main types of whales – baleen whales and toothed whales, and they are classified based on their feeding patterns.
  3. Baleen whales have two blowholes, whereas toothed whales have just one.
  4. Whales love moose! As in, moose are their favorite prey.
  5. Whales need air to breathe! They drown if they remain underwater for more than 30 minutes.
  6. Whales don’t sleep for long. And when they do, only one half of their brain sleeps at one time. This is to ensure that they wake up and go to the surface to take in air.
  7. The blue whale, the largest animal in the world, is bigger than a basketball court.
  8. The water in a blue whale’s mouth weighs about as much as its entire body!
  9. There is only one all-white humpback whale known to exist in the whole world.
  10. You can tell the age of a whale by counting the rings in its earwax.
  11. Some whales, like the blue whale and the humpback whale, have been known to sing.
  12. Many expensive perfumes contain whale poop.
  13. A sad fact is that humans are the biggest threat to the survival of whales. Hunting by humans is the biggest reason for the decline in whale population.

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Hobbit http://mocomi.com/hobbit/ http://mocomi.com/hobbit/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2017 06:30:37 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94065 What does “Hobbit” mean? An imaginary human like creature with hairy legs. Who is probably a resident of the Middle Earth. We’re talking about a hobbit of course. Pronounced [haw-bit], a hobbit is a fictional character created by author J.R.R Tolkien for his book by the same name. Its literal meaning is “hole dweller” Have […]

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What does “Hobbit” mean?

An imaginary human like creature with hairy legs. Who is probably a resident of the Middle Earth. We’re talking about a hobbit of course. Pronounced [haw-bit], a hobbit is a fictional character created by author J.R.R Tolkien for his book by the same name. Its literal meaning is “hole dweller” Have you read the book?

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Why do roses have thorns? http://mocomi.com/why-do-roses-have-thorns/ http://mocomi.com/why-do-roses-have-thorns/#comments Sun, 29 Jan 2017 13:18:46 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=93144 One of the most beautiful flowers in the world is roses. They are a symbol of love and friendship and have an amazing fragrance. Roses are red, pink, white; in fact, there are over 100 species of roses around the world! The Purpose of Thorns Roses come with sharp spikes or thorns. Botanists call them […]

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Why do roses have thorns?

One of the most beautiful flowers in the world is roses. They are a symbol of love and friendship and have an amazing fragrance. Roses are red, pink, white; in fact, there are over 100 species of roses around the world!

The Purpose of Thorns

Roses come with sharp spikes or thorns. Botanists call them ‘prickles’. These are small outgrowths from a plant’s epidermis or the outer layer. Prickles are similar to thorns but unlike thorns, prickles are easier to remove. Scientists believe that roses have thorns to protect them from being eaten by animals who might be attracted to them due to their sweet fragrance.

Story of Roses and Thorns – Native American Tribes

The Native Americans believe that many years ago the rose bush had no thorns. They were just pretty pink roses with leaves and a smooth stem, emanating sweet smelling fragrance. But they made an easy catch for the rabbits and other predators that ate up entire bushes many times. The rose bushes met and decided to go to Nanahboozoo, a man who had magical powers. He was angry as the rose bush planted by him had also been eaten by rabbits. The rose bushes who came to see him, told him their story and Nanahboozoo gave them small thorn like prickles to cover their body so that no predator would eat them.

So roses are able to grow bigger and prettier each year by using their prickles to scare off animals who intend to eat them up.

Learn how to draw a rose in a simple and interactive way.

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Anaconda – The World’s Largest Snakes http://mocomi.com/anaconda/ http://mocomi.com/anaconda/#comments Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:39:41 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=88378 There are many reptiles on this earth. Of all the reptiles the most commonly found ones, in all shapes and size, are Snakes. Amongst them, there is one snake which is the largest in the world- the Anaconda. The name Anaconda is used to name a group of snakes, but usually it refers to only […]

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Anaconda - The World’s Largest Snakes

There are many reptiles on this earth. Of all the reptiles the most commonly found ones, in all shapes and size, are Snakes. Amongst them, there is one snake which is the largest in the world- the Anaconda. The name Anaconda is used to name a group of snakes, but usually it refers to only one species of Anaconda; i.e.; the common Green Anaconda or Eunectes murinus, its scientific name.

Where do Anacondas Live?

They are the largest and heaviest snakes on earth. They are usually found in damn places, commonly seen in the tropical rain forests, lakes and swamps of South America. They are found in large numbers in near the Amazon and Orinoco rivers.

Types of Anacondas

There are 4 types of Anacondas but they are difficult to find because they hide in the water. The Green Anaconda is the largest specie. The Yellow Anaconda is a small specie, found in southern Brazil, Paraguay and northeastern Argentina. Then there is the darkly spotted anaconda which is a very rare species. The Bolivian Anaconda is the most recently found species.

Special Features of Anaconda

  • Family : Anacondas belong to the Boa Constrictor family. Anacondas like to live alone. When in danger they escape beneath water- this is their defense mechanism.
  • Length and weight : Considering both- the length and weight these snakes can reach up to a length of 30 feet. They can weigh up to 227 kilograms, almost the weight of 11 children together.
  • Color and what they eat : Anacondas are usually green in color; they have white marks on their sides and two rows of black spots on their backs. They eat animals like frogs, toads, fish, birds, ducks, wild pigs, small crocodiles and turtles.
  • Face features : Anacondas have their eyes and nostrils on top of their heads. So it helps them to look out for their prey while their entire body is underneath the water. Anacondas give birth to 24-35 young ones at a time.

5 Amazing Anaconda Facts

  1. Hunting for anaconda is both- legal and illegal. They are hunted for their skin which is an illegal pet trade.
  2. Most snakes are killed because people are afraid of them or dislike them.
  3. Anacondas are difficult for scientists to study and find because they are extremely quiet snakes and leave no trails. Also because they spend most of their time under water.
  4. When anacondas get small meals they can eat up to 40 pounds of food every day.
  5. Anaconda spends most of its time underwater than on the ground, so that it is easier for it to move around, as its huge size seems less bulky under water.
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Two Headed Snakes http://mocomi.com/two-headed-snakes/ http://mocomi.com/two-headed-snakes/#comments Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:49:05 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=90415 A normal, single-headed snake can give most people the creeps, but add to it another head, and it’s a whole new level of creepiness. It almost sounds made up, doesn’t it? But it’s not. As bizarre as it sounds, two headed snakes do exist. In fact, two headed snakes are much more common than any […]

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Two Headed Snakes

A normal, single-headed snake can give most people the creeps, but add to it another head, and it’s a whole new level of creepiness. It almost sounds made up, doesn’t it? But it’s not. As bizarre as it sounds, two headed snakes do exist. In fact, two headed snakes are much more common than any other two headed creatures.

Why do some Snakes have two heads?

Let’s find out more about this seemingly bizarre phenomenon.
Two headed snakes are a result of what is known as bicephaly, meaning the phenomenon of an organism being born with two heads. This is the same process that causes conjoined twins to be born. The birth of Siamese or conjoined twins occur when the embryo splits while developing and growing into identical twins, but for some reason does not complete the process of splitting before they are born. The point at which the embryo stops separating varies with each birth therefore, snakes can be joined at any part of the body. They are thus, two beings that share organs, and one of them is a parasitic head.

Knowing about the life of a two headed snake has been made possible by studies of captured specimens, although it has been found that just like conjoined humans, the life of most two headed snakes is also quite difficult.

4 Interesting Facts about Two-Headed Snakes

Two headed snakes are basically two snakes with a common body, each unaware of the other’s existence. Thus, you can imagine the difficulties they face –

  1. They fight each other for food.
  2. If one of them eats, both of them feel full, and this causes confusion, for the one that didn’t eat.
  3. They have two brains, each giving them directions to go in. This again, causes confusion, and often results in the dominant one dragging along the other one.
  4. When attacked, their survival instincts are often different. This causes them to lose time before taking action, and in many cases, costs them their safety.
    Thus, survival in the wild is a major issue for two headed snakes. In captivity, however, they can live upto 20 years, with the right head usually being the dominant head and the decision maker. Many zoos and circuses have these on show, and certain museums have preserved specimen on display.

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Cobras Facts http://mocomi.com/cobras/ http://mocomi.com/cobras/#comments Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:24:16 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=64294 16 Amazing Facts about Cobras Cobras are one of the most feared snakes in India. Cobras are worshipped in many Indian religions – known to be one of the Avataars of Gods. They are known for their threatening hood at their neck which they spread out when they feel threatened or angry. This hood is […]

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16 Amazing Facts about Cobras

  1. Cobras are one of the most feared snakes in India.
  2. Cobras are worshipped in many Indian religions – known to be one of the Avataars of Gods.
  3. They are known for their threatening hood at their neck which they spread out when they feel threatened or angry. This hood is made up of flaps of skin attached to long ribs.
  4. Due to their striking pose, even when they lift their heads high up off the ground to search for food, they look scary. Especially when they hiss loudly to scare off potential predators.
  5. The cobra is found more in hot tropical climates- like the Philippines, Southern Asia and Africa.
  6. With more than 270 species; they are usually brown, brownish-black or a dull grey and their venom fangs are half an inch long.
  7. The largest cobras found are the King Cobra.
  8. They are found on land, trees and also in water in tropical climates of Asia.
  9. They generally have a life span of 20 years.
  10. The King Cobra preys on lizards, birds, rodents and even on other snakes. Baby Cobras itself have a length of 18-22 inches.
  11. The smallest cobras are the Mozambique Spitting Cobras.
  12. The spitting cobra can spray venom upto more than 1.8 meters, or 6 feet. They have such perfect aim that they will spit venom straight into the eyes of their prey.
  13. Cobras have excellent night vision and detect their prey with their keen sense of smell.
  14. Their jaws are flexible allowing them to open up the mouth really wide to swallow their prey easily.
  15. Their metabolism is so slow that they need to eat every couple of months.
  16. Cobras are used by snake charmers because they respond well to visual cues. These charmers specialize in getting the Cobra to rise up and “hood-out” to please tourists.

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Boa Constrictor http://mocomi.com/boa-constrictor/ http://mocomi.com/boa-constrictor/#comments Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:32:02 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=84012 What’s green and bouncy and can hug you to death? A Boa constrictor! The Boa constrictor is a species of large, heavy-bodied snake. Boas are non-poisonous but still deadly. They ambush their prey, which means that they hide and wait for something delicious to go by and then spring a surprise attack on it. They have […]

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Boa Constrictor

What’s green and bouncy and can hug you to death?

A Boa constrictor!

The Boa constrictor is a species of large, heavy-bodied snake. Boas are non-poisonous but still deadly. They ambush their prey, which means that they hide and wait for something delicious to go by and then spring a surprise attack on it. They have a flicking tongue, which they use to pick up on scents. As their name suggests, they coil their bodies around the prey and with each breath of the prey they constrict, or squeeze their coils just a little tighter until the animal can no longer breathe. It’s literally a “Hug of death”
The ones they usually “hug” to death are birds, lizards, frogs and small mammals. Larger Boas even make meals of monkeys, pigs or deer.

They live on the ground as well as on trees.

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Snake Hat

How to make Snake Hat Craft

Step by Step Instructions :

  1. Use chart paper and cut a (12*16cm)strip.You can cut a three inches wide band to t around your head size.
  2. Now take yellow chart paper and paste the snake shape on it and cut out the snake. Create eyes drawing on sticker paper and paste on the snake.Then paste the tongue cut out. Draw some color cut outs for the snake skin.
  3. Fold yellow, orange and red velvet paper and draw lotus petal shapes and cut out all shapes.
  4. See reference image and paste snake cut out then lotus petals shape cut out around the hat.
  5. Paste yellow, orange and red small size strips for a more decorative snake hat.

Materials Requirement

  • Scissors 1
  • Velvet paper 1
  • Glue stick 1
  • Colorful chart paper 1
  • Glue dots 1
  • Black permanent marker 1
  • Snake drawing shape and template on A4 size paper. 1

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Chinese New Year Facts and History http://mocomi.com/fun-facts-chinese-new-year/ http://mocomi.com/fun-facts-chinese-new-year/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:31:13 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=73425 This year, Chinese New Year is falling on January 28, 2017. This day is important in Chinese culture. The holidays run for 15 days, starting from the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon. The Lantern Festival happens then, with lantern displays and a parade at night. Chinese New Year […]

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Chinese New Year Facts and History

This year, Chinese New Year is falling on January 28, 2017. This day is important in Chinese culture. The holidays run for 15 days, starting from the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon. The Lantern Festival happens then, with lantern displays and a parade at night. Chinese New Year tradition- In many places, there is a dragon dance too on this day.

Facts about Chinese New Year

In Chinese New Year, the date of the new year changes every year, because the Chinese base their calendar on lunar years. The date depends on the day when a new moon rises.
The Chinese New Year calendar has a 12 years cycle. Each year is based on the name of an animal. 2017 will be the Chinese Year of the Rooster.

Story behind Chinese New Year

A long time ago in China, Buddha wanted a way to measure time. So he invited all the animals to race against each other in crossing a river. 12 animals could do this successfully and the Emperor rewarded these 12 animals by naming a year after each one of them, in the order in which they had crossed the river. So, Chinese New Year starts with the year of the Rat, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

Chinese Zodiac Animal Years

Depending on the year that you are born in, you are supposed to have qualities of the animal representing that year. Discover your animal sign with the help of your birth year

Birth Year Animal Sign Quality Traits
1996, 2008 Rat Imaginative, generous, observant, intelligent, secretive
1997, 2009 Ox Leaders, confident, disciplined, strong, impatient
1998,2010 Tiger Sensitive, emotional, competitive, natural leaders, courageous
1999,2011 Rabbit Wise, thoughtful, affectionate, selfish, quiet, intelligent
2000,2012 Dragon Enthusiastic, perfectionist, intelligent, self-confident, proud
2001,2013 Snake Possessive, proud, thinker, secretive, wise
2002,2014 Horse Witty, friendly, cheerful, popular, impatient, alert
2003,2015 Sheep Intelligent, well-mannered, creative, dependent, shy
2004,2016 Monkey Intelligent, witty, social, talkative, restless, mischievous
2005,2017 Rooster Hard working, courageous, dreamers, practical, bossy
2006,2018 Dog Honest, reliable, logical, anxious, introverts
2007,2019 Pig Sincere, friendly, intellectual, honest, lazy, innocent

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Chinese Dragon Art http://mocomi.com/chinese-dragon/ http://mocomi.com/chinese-dragon/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:30:52 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=74203 Looking for craft ideas for kids? What about dragon art? Make a Chinese dragon for Chinese New Year! Dragon Art for Kids What You Need 2.5 feet of colored paper(red and yellow), an inch wide Card paper- orange and green More colored paper- red, orange, white and yellow Sequins Pencil Glue Scissors How to make […]

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Chinese Dragon Art

Looking for craft ideas for kids? What about dragon art? Make a Chinese dragon for Chinese New Year!

Dragon Art for Kids

What You Need

  • 2.5 feet of colored paper(red and yellow), an inch wide
  • Card paper- orange and green
  • More colored paper- red, orange, white and yellow
  • Sequins
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to make a Chinese Dragon

  • First, take a 3 inch X 3 inch piece of red paper. Cut out the dragon’s head from this paper.
  • Next, make the dragon’s beard. Take a 3 inch X 1 inch green paper. Cut vertical lines in it. Stick it to the back of the red paper.
  • Make the eyes and teeth from white paper.
  • Use the orange paper to make more shapes and stick them on the sides.
  • Stick the sequins in the eyes and as nostrils.
  • For the body, take the two long strips of red and yellow paper and stick them at a 90 degree angle.
  • Fold the bottom strip over the top one. Next, fold the top strip over the bottom one. Keep doing this until you run out of paper. Stick the ends together properly.
  • Stick the head to the body.
  • It’s time to make the tail! Cut thin strips of red and yellow paper. Curl them with your finger. Stick them to the dragon’s end.
  • Have fun making your dragon move! Tells us how you enjoyed making these paper crafts in the comments. We’ll be back with more art projects for kids. Write to us if you have any art and craft ideas you want us to put up.

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The Statue of Liberty http://mocomi.com/the-statue-of-liberty/ http://mocomi.com/the-statue-of-liberty/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:38:37 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=85366 9 Fabulous Facts about The Statue of Liberty It all started at dinner one night near Paris in 1865. A group of Frenchmen discussing their dictator-like emperor and the democratic government of the U.S decided to build a monument to freedom. Thus was born the lady Liberty. The sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi imagined the monument to […]

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The Statue of Liberty

9 Fabulous Facts about The Statue of Liberty

  1. It all started at dinner one night near Paris in 1865. A group of Frenchmen discussing their dictator-like emperor and the democratic government of the U.S decided to build a monument to freedom. Thus was born the lady Liberty.
  2. The sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi imagined the monument to be the statue of a woman holding a torch burning with the light of freedom. And she was finally built by Gustave Eiffel with the help of tons of workers working ten hour days, seven days a week for nine years!
  3. In 1886 on October 28th, France dedicated the statue to America. The statue was to be a universal symbol of freedom. The seven points on her crown represent the seven seas and continents. The crown also has 25 windows you can look out of. You would have to climb 354 stairs(22 stories) to do that though.
  4. It is said that she was modeled after the image of the sculptor’s mom, but represents ‘Libertas’, the Roman Goddess of Freedom. She arrived in America in 214 crates, and was assembled thereafter. When she first arrived, she was copper colored. 30 years of oxidation turned her color green. The amount of copper used to build her could make 30 million pennies!
  5. Lady liberty is 151ft and one inches tall. Along with her pedestal, which is 154 ft tall, the entire monument comes to height of 305 ft 1 inch from the ground! She sure is one tall lady!
  6. Although she is one tough metallic lady, she does sway to the wind – a very fast one though. It takes a 50 mile/hr wind to sway her torch by about 6 inches! So much? Well of course! We expect nothing less from a statue that weighs 450,000 pounds!
  7. Did you know that she wears size 879 sandals on her 25 ft long feet?
  8. Lightning doesn’t strike twice, it is said…. or does it? The lady liberty is estimated to be hit by about 600 bolts of lightning every year! Yikes!
  9. Although she now has an American island to her name, she could have ended up at the mouth of the Suez canal in Egypt, if they hadn’t rejected her for being too old fashioned!

The statue of Liberty sure has a lot of interesting history, doesn’t it?

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Supreme Court of India http://mocomi.com/supreme-court-of-india/ http://mocomi.com/supreme-court-of-india/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:28:22 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=93322 I’m in New Delhi, India, and behind me is the building of the Supreme Court, the highest judicial forum of the Republic of India! When was the Supreme Court of India established? The Supreme Court of India was established in January 1950, is the final court of appeal for the Republic of India, the highest […]

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Supreme Court of India

I’m in New Delhi, India, and behind me is the building of the Supreme Court, the highest judicial forum of the Republic of India!

When was the Supreme Court of India established?

The Supreme Court of India was established in January 1950, is the final court of appeal for the Republic of India, the highest constitutional court and the highest judicial forum. It primarily takes up appeals and cases against the verdicts of the various state high courts and other courts and tribunals. Its motto is “ Yato dharmas tatojayah”, a Sanskrit phrase which means “whence justice, thence victory”.

History of the Supreme Court of India

The main building of the Supreme Court of India is an impressive structure designed in an Indo – British style by architect Ganesh Bhikaji Deolalikar, who was the first Indian to head the Central Public Works Department. The building design symbolizes the scales of justice with two court halls on each side and the center-beam being the Central Wing of the building comprising the Chief Justice’s court, the largest of the courtrooms.  The building houses a total of 15 court rooms in its various wings. The Right Wing of the structure has the bar – room, the offices of the Attorney General of India and other law officers as well as the vast library of the court. The Left Wing has the offices of the court.

Another unique monument in this building is the bronze sculpture of Mother India with the young Republic of India. The symbolic statue was designed by the renowned artist Chintamoni Kar.

Justice in India

The supreme court of India has played a pivotal role in upholding justice in India, and for its purposes, engages the services of a Chief Justice and 30 judges. These judges are appointed after a careful and meticulous screening process that includes, among other factors, meeting certain eligibility criteria such as –

Qualifications for the judge of the Supreme Court

  1. They must be a citizen of India.
  2. They must be a judge of one high court or more (continuously), for at least five years.
  3. An advocate there, for at least ten years.
  4. A distinguished jurist in the opinion of the President.

Only a person who meets the above criteria earns the honor and responsibility of becoming a Supreme Court Judge and serve the country till their tenure ends at the age of 65.

The Supreme Court Museum

I’ve learned a lot about the Indian Judicial system in my visit here, especially from the Supreme Court Museum, a small, but very informative building in the Supreme Court premises. A must visit for anybody who is interested in learning about the history and development of the Indian Judicial system.

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Penguin receives Norwegian Knighthood! http://mocomi.com/penguin-receives-norwegian-knighthood/ http://mocomi.com/penguin-receives-norwegian-knighthood/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:39:25 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=93953 Why was a penguin knighted by Norwegian Army? The knighted Penguin in Edinburgh has already been a corporal, a sergeant, a sergeant major and a colonel in chief. The history of Nils Olav goes back to 1972 when the Norwegian King’s guards visited the Edinburgh zoo. They were looking at the Penguins in the zoo […]

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Penguin receives Norwegian Knighthood!

Why was a penguin knighted by Norwegian Army?

The knighted Penguin in Edinburgh has already been a corporal, a sergeant, a sergeant major and a colonel in chief. The history of Nils Olav goes back to 1972 when the Norwegian King’s guards visited the Edinburgh zoo. They were looking at the Penguins in the zoo and were so thrilled to see the penguins that the Major at the time decided that he had like to adopt one penguin.

The adopted Penguin was named Nils Olav, after the Norwegian King at the time. Later in 1982 the Kings guards returned to Edinburgh and decided to make the penguin their mascot by giving him the rank of lance corporal. Unfortunately, he died shortly after his promotion to sergeant. But he was lovingly replaced by Nils Olav II, his two-year-old near-double.

It was Nils Olav II who was awarded the knighthood. And a third penguin, Nils Olav III took over between 2008 and 2016 and has been promoted to Brigadier.

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Welter http://mocomi.com/welter/ http://mocomi.com/welter/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:12:09 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=93928 What does “Welter” mean? Have you ever been in a situation that was so confusing that you couldn’t make head or tail out of it? This kind of jumbled up confusion or turmoil is called welter, [pronounced wel-ter]. It’s an English word that aptly describes extremely messy jumbles.

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What does “Welter” mean?

Have you ever been in a situation that was so confusing that you couldn’t make head or tail out of it? This kind of jumbled up confusion or turmoil is called welter, [pronounced wel-ter]. It’s an English word that aptly describes extremely messy jumbles.

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Happy Republic Day flag http://mocomi.com/happy-republic-day-flag/ http://mocomi.com/happy-republic-day-flag/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:30:16 +0000 http://www.mocomi.com/?post_type=activity&p=8520 Learn how to draw with our Drawing for kids lessons. Happy Republic Day Flag – Free printable online colouring page for kids. Colour online using our colouring palette and download your coloured page by clicking save image. How to colour this colouring page? Have fun colouring our colouring pages, by following some simple instructions: Go through our […]

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Happy Republic Day flag

Learn how to draw with our Drawing for kids lessons.

Happy Republic Day Flag – Free printable online colouring page for kids. Colour online using our colouring palette and download your coloured page by clicking save image.

How to colour this colouring page?

Have fun colouring our colouring pages, by following some simple instructions:

  • Go through our collection and choose an image you want to colour.
  • You can click on the “felpen” or “crayon” and use it to colour the image.
  • Click on any of the “size” and choose how big you want your stroke to be.
  • Click on the range of colours on the bottom left and go nuts!!
  • In case you don’t like what you did, you can always click the “eraser” and erase away all the strokes you don’t want. How cool is that?!?
  • Once you are done with your masterpiece, don’t forget to “Save Image” and show it off to all your friends!
  • Click on “Download Activity”, in case you want to take a print out of the activity itself.

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  • To test your knowledge on the Indian flag click HERE
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Republic Day Colouring Page http://mocomi.com/republic-day-colouring-page/ http://mocomi.com/republic-day-colouring-page/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:27:22 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=78199 Are you patriotic? Do you fly the flag on state occasions? Then you will enjoy colouring Pinky as she rejoices on Republic Day. Use bright colours for her outfit to make her stand out. Once you finish, you can show it to everyone and keep it for next year! Download these Free Colouring Pages HERE.

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Republic Day Colouring Page

Are you patriotic? Do you fly the flag on state occasions? Then you will enjoy colouring Pinky as she rejoices on Republic Day. Use bright colours for her outfit to make her stand out. Once you finish, you can show it to everyone and keep it for next year!

Download these Free Colouring Pages HERE.

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Republic Day glasses http://mocomi.com/republic-day-glasses/ http://mocomi.com/republic-day-glasses/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:24:35 +0000 http://www.mocomi.com/?post_type=activity&p=8505 How to make Republic Day glasses? Republic Day glasses – Learn how to make you own Republic Day glasses with the help of our step by step craft lesson for kids. Step by Step Instructions : Step 1: Print the stencil from the following page and cut out the shape of the mask. You can […]

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How to make Republic Day glasses?

Republic Day glasses – Learn how to make you own Republic Day glasses with the help of our step by step craft lesson for kids.

Step by Step Instructions :

Step 1: Print the stencil from the following page and cut out the shape of the mask. You can paste this on a stronger material like cardboard for added strength.
Step 2: Cut thin strips of orange, white, and green paper and attach them in bunches on either side of the mask.
Step 3: Tape the stick behind the mask as shown below.

Materials Requirement

  • Chart sheet 1
  • Coloured Paper (orange, green, white) 1 each
  • India mask template 1
  • Scissors 1
  • Tape 1
  • Small stick 1
  • Cardboard 1

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